Agriculture Intern - Othello, Washington - May 2024 (24852)

McCain Foods USA
Othello, WA
United States
Job Description




Position Title: Agriculture Intern - Othello, Washington - May 2024 

Position Type: Temporary - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Othello 

Requisition ID: 24852 



Potatoes. French Fries. Taters. You love them, we make them. In fact, we make 1/3 of the world’s frozen potato products and if you have eaten fries this week, chances are, they were ours.


At McCain Foods, we know the importance that food plays in people's lives - the power it has to uplift and bring people, families, businesses and communities together. Guided by our purpose to bring enjoyment to people's lives through great tasting food, we believe that working together with our teams, business and community partners will bring sustainable growth and positive change - today, tomorrow and for generations to come.


As a privately owned family company with over 60 years of experience, a presence in over 160 countries and a global team of 22,000 people, our values and culture are at the heart of everything we do.


Students like you are important to us.  We aim to hire the best and brightest co-op students and interns, with the goal of having you join us as full-time employees upon graduation.  Our ideal student candidate is passionate, collaborative, willing to learn and take initiative.


Why Join the McCain Family?

  • You aren’t “just a student” at McCain, you will be treated like any other member of your team

  • Work with and learn from passionate leaders 

  • Our core values – Family, Authentic, Trusted and Quality – shine through every day, in everything we do 

  • Your experience at McCain is what you make of it – ask questions, network, take advantage of the opportunity to learn from our professionals


Position Summary

We are looking for 2 Agricultural Interns to join us for a 3+ month period, starting in May 2024.  This position is based in Othello, Washington as part of our North American Agriculture team.


During your internship, you will have exposure to grower relations, crop monitoring and intelligence, raw product alignment, cost of production, research and applied science and extension activities including agronomy and sustainability, and the general operation of a commercial agriculture department.  You will also see firsthand how McCain’s potatoes are produced and processed into finished product for our customers.  


You will be exposed to McCain manufacturing operations and will have the opportunity to complete a series of in-house training modules that are part of a wider McCain Agriculture training program.


Upon successful completion of the internship as well as completion of a diploma or degree in an agriculture field, you will be a step ahead of other candidates considered for full time employment within McCain Foods LTD.


The Team 

Our teams highly value interaction and learning from each other.  It is essential that our students spend time with their teams to see and live the local practices in the region.  The interaction with members of the agronomy, field and production staff will prove invaluable. 


There is so much to learn in the Agriculture space, and our teams thoroughly enjoy and value having students, like you, as part of their teams.   


What You Will Be Working On

As an intern, you will be in a support position at the local office to research and analyze data to improve crop management in the area. Work is planned and conducted under the guidance of the Agronomist and with advice from the Department Manager.  Projects may include the following:

  • Assist in developing research needed to determine best practices for sustainability goals

  • Investigate pest/disease management practices in the local area

  • Statistical evaluation to identify best practices and data trends

  • Track and evaluate potato varieties and their performance in the factory

  • Monitor and analyze internal raw product inspection procedures

  • Educate local growers on new field production and storage management techniques through written material, field demonstrations, tours, seminars, and workshops

  • Promote relations between company and growers through periodic farm and storage visits

  • Assist in collection and analysis of grower field and/or bin sampling program

  • Analyze cost of production

  • Other projects as assigned

What You Will Learn

  • Communication – you will have the opportunity to meet diverse groups of people and be able to sharpen your communication skills in variety of ways, including writing, speaking, and presenting

  • Agriculture economics – you will participate in research and analysis of local production data and observe the process of managing local raw supply

  • Agriculture production – you will have an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of potato production, monitor crop status

  • Agriculture research – under supervision and direction of company agronomist, you will have a chance to design, collect and analyze data on projects relevant to the company’s future including sustainability and production improvement. Participate in extension work promoting new techniques and best growing practices

  • Sustainability – Learn and contribute to McCain’s sustainability goals of reducing carbon emission and improving the regenerative agriculture practices of our potato growers

  • Access to in house McCain training – opportunity to complete some sections of the McCain Ag. Supply Specialist program. Participate in industry meetings, opportunity to visit other McCain locations

  • Food Safety and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) – learn the food safety program at McCain Foods both on processing and farm sites of the business

What You Need to be Successful 

  • College Junior/Senior or Undergrad majoring in Ag Science, Plant Science, Ag Business, Ag Economics or closely related discipline

  • Knowledge of farm practices and vegetable production is desirable but not necessary

  • Basic to Intermediate skills in word processing, spreadsheet, data management and presentation preparations. Statistical computer application would be beneficial

  • Communication skills – must be able to speak effectively both to individuals as well as to groups, making short presentations in groups settings, familiar with video conferencing

  • Must be able to write routine correspondence and reports to a variety of audiences

  • A valid driver’s license, comfortable flying/driving long distances

  • Comfortable working outside in different weather conditions under the sun and variety of temperatures

  • Occasionally requires substantial physical effort and working in awkward positions


What You Can Expect From Us

  • A supportive team that will encourage you to be and do your best

  • A safe and flexible working environment that promotes work/life balance 

  • The opportunity to be part of meaningful work and projects 

  • The opportunity to be part of our student community, to connect with students across North America


McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 


McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.


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Job Family: Student & Graduates; Agriculture      

Division: NA Ag Strategy 

Department: ​Othello Agriculture Field ​

Location(s): US - United States of America : Washington : Othello 

Company: McCain Foods USA, Inc.